Arizona Historic Sites

By David A. Fryxell Premium

? Arizona State Museum

University of Arizona 1013 E. University Blvd. Tucson, AZ 85721 (520) 621-6302 <>: Arizona’s oldest anthropology museum, known for its Southwest Indian pottery, Navaho textile and Mexican folk mask collections, tells the story of 13,000 years of human life in the region.

? Bisbee Mining & Historical Museum

5 Copper Queen Plaza Bisbee, AZ 85603 (520) 432-7071 <>: Located in a former building of the Copper Queen Consolidated Mining Co., this museum showcases Bisbee’s 19th-century pre-eminence as a copper mining center. On the Web site, you can search for burials in the town’s Evergreen Cemetery.

? Canyon de Chelly National Monument

Indian Route 7 Chinle, AZ 86503 (928) 674-5500 <>: Hundreds of ancient dwellings, many on sandstone ledges, once were home to Pueblo Indians who lived in this canyon until about 1350.

? Casa Grande Ruins National Monument

1100 Ruins Drive Coolidge, AZ 85228 (520) 723-3172 <>: Among these ruins-the nation’s first archaeological preserves-is Casa Grande (“Big House”), a four-story structure Hohokam and Pueblo Indians built about 600 years ago.

? Fort Verde State Historic Park

125 E. Hollaman St. Camp Verde, AZ 86322 (928) 567-3275 <>: From 1865 through 1890, a succession of encampments here-Camp Lincoln, Camp Verde and Fort Verde-housed soldiers and their families. Gen. George Crook’s forces used the fort as their base during Arizona’s Indian wars.

? Heard Museum

2301 N. Central Ave. Phoenix, AZ 85004 (602) 252-8848 <>: Started as the private collection of Dwight and Maie Heard, this reknowned museum features American Indian fine art and artifacts-including nearly 1,200 Hopi katsina (also spelled kachina) dolls.

? Mission San Xavier del Bac

1950 W. San Xavier Road Tucson, AZ 85746 (520) 294-2624 <>: One of the country’s finest examples of Spanish colonial architecture, this gleaming white church (known as the “White Dove of the Desert”) was built from 1783 to 1797. It’s still a parish and Franciscan mission.

Visitor Information

? Arizona Office of tourism

1110 W. Washington St., Suite 155

Phoenix, AZ 85007




Tombstone Chamber of Commerce 105 S. Fourth St. Tombstone, AZ 85638 (888) 457-3929 <>: The Old West lives in the town famous for the 1881 OK Corral <> gunfight pitting the Earp brothers and Doc Holliday against the Clantons. Tour the old courthouse <>, Boothill Graveyard, Big Nose Kate’s saloon and the Bird Cage Theater.

Tumacaácori National Historical Park

1891 E. Frontage Road Tumacacori, AZ 85640 (520) 398-2341 <>: Jesuit Father Eusebio Kino established the San Joseé de Tumacaácori mission in 1691. Two other missions, San Cayetano de Calabazas and Los Santos AÁngeles de Guevavi, are open only by reservation.


From the April 2006 issue of Family Tree Magazine.